Benevento remains alone among Europe's top-5 leagues without a point

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Benevento has lost all eight of its matches in Serie A, conceding 19 goals.
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Benevento remained the only club in Europe's top five leagues without a point after losing at basement rival Hellas Verona 0-1 in Italian Serie A on Monday.

Romulo scored with a long volley to conclude a counterattack in the 74th minute.

Benevento center back Luca Antei was shown a direct red card for a sliding tackle late in the first half and Verona striker Giampaolo Pazzini nearly took advantage immediately when he hit the post.

With its first win of the season, Verona moved up to 16th place with six points.

Benevento has lost all eight of its matches, conceding 19 goals.

All of the top-division squads in England, France, Germany and Spain have earned at least a point.

Napoli maintained its perfect run of eight wins from eight games with Lorenzo Insigne scoring the only goal in a victory over AS Roma, AFP reported.

Inter Milan is two points behind in second after a Mauro Icardi hat-trick sealed a 3-2 win over city rivals AC Milan in Sunday's derby.

Juventus is third after Ciro Immobile's second-half brace for Lazio condemned the reigning champion to a 1-2 defeat, its first at home in over two years.

Lazio is equal fourth on 19 points with Juventus, with Roma four points adrift in fifth.

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Cagliari coach Massimo Rastelli gestures during the Italian Serie A match against Juventus at Sant'Elia Stadium in Cagliari in this February 12, 2017, photo. Rastelli, on October 17, 2017, became the first Serie A coach to be sacked this season.

Meanwhile,  Cagliari's Massimo Rastelli has become the first coach fired in Serie A this season.

The move comes two days after a 2-3 home loss to previously winless Genoa left Cagliari in 14th place with six points.

It was the Sardinian club's sixth loss in eight matches, fourth straight defeat and third consecutive at home.

It's the longest the Italian league has gone without a firing since 1998, when Luigi Simoni was fired by Inter after the 11th round.

In a statement, Cagliari thanked Rastelli for leading the club to the Serie B title in 2016 and an 11th-place finish in the top division last season.

Coaching assistants Nicola Legrottaglie and Dario Rossi were also sacked in the clearout.

A replacement was not immediately named though former Pescara coach Massimo Oddo and Giuseppe Iachini, who last season managed Palermo and Udinese, are being touted as possible replacements.

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